Like most readers of this blog, we are striving to live lighter on the land. We watch our consumption, drive fuel efficient cars, offset our carbon emissions with green energy, and grow alot of our own food. One thing that we struggle with here was discussed to some degree in the last post. Our home is new, and full of new appliances. Most are Energy star, but that is a far cry from the cutting edge of efficiency or renewable options. But removing a working refrigerator or furnace seems ridiculous and is hard to justify and budgetary grounds when other options still present themselves for impact reduction.
One of those remaining Green Options was finally implemented this week thanks to some seeds planted by fellow bloggers. Our kids are sick and we are running humidifiers to control their coughs so I have been thinking about humidity. Then I go downstairs to run the dryer, pumping hot, humid air out into the ether. This seemed ridiculous. Take that a step further, for every cubic foot of air pumped out through the dryer vent, a commensurate volume of cold air must be brought into the house only to be heated by our NG furnace, which further dries the air. That is just dumb.
Here is my $15 clothesline solution, very similar to thousands others out there:
- 4′ steel angle iron, cut in half ($5)
- 2 pulleys ($6)
- 5/16″ carraige bolts/nuts/washers ($.50)
- 5/16″ lag screws ($.50)
- 50′ of clothesline. ($3)